The Cellular Kitchen: science and sustainable food

Over the last two decades technology has advanced at a brisk pace. But tech is not the only place of rapid growth and development. Together, science and tech have a significant role in changing conversations around food and sustainability. We talked earlier about what it means to be sustainable. Aside from having recycling bins and a garden compost, sustainability for us includes looking for ways to mindfully grow the food supply while reducing food waste. Innovating. This is where science comes in. As an orchardist and bioresource engineer, Neal’s natural place to start was with apples. Arctic® apples answered a
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We’re hiring: Senior Finance and Accounting

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company based in Summerland, BC, Canada that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. This position supports our constantly expanding range of activities, including the commercialization of our nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties (www.arcticapples.com) in both the US and Canada. We’re seeking a skilled individual to be responsible for Senior Finance and Accounting to strengthen our growing team (title TBD based on skill set). This position reports directly to the OSF president, Neal Carter. Interested? Review the job description below and apply by Friday, February 2 to
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2018: To a Sustainable and Healthy Planet

The start of a new year can bring with it a refocus on goals and a revisit of what’s important. Here at Okanagan Specialty Fruits Ltd. (OSF), one of our guiding principles is keeping true to our roots as we grow sustainable new ways of reducing food waste. What does being sustainable look like? From orchard irrigation to packaging choices, our commitment to a healthy earth is in every aspect of our work – starting with a simple apple. Nonbrowning Arctic® apples When Neal and Louisa began OSF in 1996, they started looking beyond the orchard and down the food
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Food Waste vs. Plastic Waste

One of our main goals with nonbrowning Arctic® apples is to reduce food waste, but with our first product being fresh slices of Arctic® Goldens in 10oz bags, we’ve heard some consumers wonder what that means for plastic waste. There is certainly a lot of interest from both the public and the food industry in not just growing food sustainably, but maximizing sustainability throughout the supply chain. And, while we’ve focused most of our communication efforts on how Arctic® apples can help reduce apple wastage, especially considering they are among the most wasted foods on the planet, we are committed
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Education Collaboration Benefits Produce Industry & Consumers

In the produce industry, as with nearly any industry, differentiating your company’s brand and products is a major key for success. The produce industry is perhaps a little behind the curve on this, since fruits and vegetables have historically been sold with very little packaging, and therefore few branding/differentiation opportunities were possible. That has now changed, and there are some growing pains that the industry must address for the sake of consumers, and our industry as a whole. Consumers have become more interested in their food and how it’s produced than ever before, and are also searching for healthy, convenient
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Arctic® Goldens feature SmartLabel™ QR code

One of the most difficult decisions our team at Okanagan Specialty Fruits™ has had to make when introducing Arctic® apples into the market has been “how can we best communicate with consumers about the science and benefits behind our nonbrowning apples?” Do we include a generic GMO label? Do we try to squeeze a few sentences about our biotech approach on the packaging? Something else? There is no clear-cut answer, especially since consumers will differ in how they prefer to learn about the foods they buy. However, there are a few considerations that we felt were important in evaluating our
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Arctic® apples preview launch at Fresh Summit 2017

Every year, one of the events the Arctic® apples team anticipates most is the preeminent produce industry event of the year – Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo – and this year was no exception! With our first nonbrowning variety, Arctic® Goldens, hitting stores in early November as fresh slices, the timing for this show couldn’t be better. We handed out hundreds of delicious apple slices to attendees, participated in the Fresh Ideas Showcase, showed off the packaging Arctic® Goldens will first hit stores in, and previewed our next variety projected to hit stores – Arctic® Granny! That’s far
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Here We Grow Again! Now Hiring: Laboratory Technician

And you thought we only grew apples! Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company headquartered in Summerland, BC, Canada, that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. In 2016, the company opened a fully-equipped Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, for its ever-expanding Science Team. And once again, the lab is growing with the addition of three new full time positions! Position Description: Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Laboratory Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivation Group in our Laboratory, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under the direct supervision of the Research Scientist
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Here We Grow Again! Now Hiring: Plant Tissue Culture Technician

And you thought we only grew apples! Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company headquartered in Summerland, BC, Canada, that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. In 2016, the company opened a fully-equipped Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, for its ever-expanding Science Team. And once again, the lab is growing with the addition of three new full time positions! Position Description: Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Plant Tissue Culture Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivation Group in our Laboratory, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under the direct supervision of the
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Here We Grow Again! Now Hiring a Transformation & Regeneration Technician

And you thought we only grew apples! Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (www.okspecialtyfruits.com) is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company headquartered in Summerland, BC, Canada, that specializes in the development and market introduction of novel tree fruit varieties. In 2016, the company opened a fully-equipped Laboratory in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, for its ever-expanding Science Team. And once again, the lab is growing with the addition of three new full time positions! Position Description: Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is seeking a motivated Transformation and Regeneration Technician to join our Transformation and Cultivar Development Group in our Laboratory, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In coordination with several additional
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